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Exhibition & Cultural Event: Public programs for Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection / Williamstown, MA

12/10/2016 - 04/02/2017

The first exhibition at the Clark to focus on the Institute’s permanent collection of Japanese prints, the show spans more than a century of Japanese color woodblock printing as represented by three generations of artists who produced prints from the 1830s to the 1970s. The JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture partially supported selected programs to coincide with Japanese Impressions.

The exhibition is on view through April 2 at the Clark Art Institute, 225 South St, Williamstown, MA. Please refer to the Clark's website for updates on the public events.

[Image: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Awa Province: Naruto Whirlpools, from Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces, 1855. Color woodblock print. Gift of the Rodbell Family Collection, 2014.16.6.]

Performance: monster / Queens, NY

12/03/2016 - 12/04/2016

The dancer and choreographer Kensaku Shinohara will present monster, along with Gabrielle Revlock's Fish Tank at the Queens Museum. monster is a 17-minute dance to Crazy Wisdom by Viera Janárčeková, a Slovakian contemporary experimental composer. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performances will be presented at 12:30pm and 3pm on both Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY. Free & open to all, no RSVP required.

[Photo: © Kelly Strayhorn Theater]

Film: A Dialogue: Living Harmony / Philadelphia, PA


This innovative documentary explores the burgeoning organic farming and slow food movements in Southern Japan, directed by sustainable Chef Chigumi Obayashi, daughter of renowned avant-garde filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi (House). Director Chef Chigumi Obayashi will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film shows at 2:30pm at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia PA. In conjunction with the screening, Obayashi will give a cooking demonstration at 11:30am at the Reading Terminal Market, Reading Terminal Market, City Kitchen, 12th and Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA.


11/17/2016 - 11/25/2016

Beginning Thursday, November 16, one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers in Japanese cinema, Takeshi Kitano will be featured at Metrograph with the screening of eleven of his early works, including his directorial debut Violent Cop and Hana-Bi/Fireworks. This retrospective is co-organized with Metrograph.

The series runs from November 17 to November 25 at Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Sonatine © 1993 Shochiku Co., Ltd.]

Exhibition: Isamu Noguchi, Archaic / Modern / Washington, DC

11/11/2016 - 03/19/2017

Isamu Noguchi, one of the most prominent sculptors of the twentieth century, is the subject of this exhibition that explores how the ancient world shaped this artist's innovative vision for the future. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from November 11, 2016 through March 19, 2017 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

[Image: Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.]

Exhibition: Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia / Lawrence, KS

11/10/2016 - 03/12/2017

The exhibition will explore a rich mosaic of ideas about time and history from a generation of artists embedded in what has been dubbed "the Asian Century." This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from November 10, 2016 though March 12, 2017 at Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS.

[Image: Konoike Tomoko (born 1960, Akita, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan). mimio-odyssey (video still), 2005. Single channel video projected on book, 11: 30 min. Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, 2010.0194.]

EXHIBITION: Kishio Suga / New York, NY

11/05/2016 - 07/29/2017

Kishio Suga, the founding member of the Mono-ha (School of Things) movement in the 1960s and 1970s in Japan, is featured in this exhibition with a body of works, old and new, in response to the unique history of the building as a marble-cutting facility. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from November 5, 2016 though July 2017 at Dia:Chelsea, West 22nd Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Kishio Suga, Diagonal Phase, 1969/2012. Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. © Kishio Suga. Photo: Tsuyoshi Sato. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.]

Film: The Sword of Doom / Queens, NY


This special screening of The Sword of Doom once again welcomes the legendary actor Tatsuya Nakadai in person. Nakadai, returning to Museum of the Moving Image for the fourth time, shares his memory of his another longtime collaborator director Kihachi Okamoto. This event is co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image.

The film shows on Saturday, November 5, 3:30 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY.

[Image: ©1966 Toho Co., Ltd.]

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Nashville, TN

11/04/2016 - 01/16/2017

This exhibition examines the traditions of this legendary warrior class and how their political dominance for nearly seven hundred years profoundly affected Japanese art and culture. The exhibition is drawn from the rich holdings of the Museo Stibbert, a museum primarily devoted to arms and armor in Florence, Italy. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from November 4, 2016 through January 16, 2017 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN.

[Image: Haruta school. Helmet, first half of the 17th century. Steel, gilded copper, lacquer, gold, wood (Japanese foxglove), silk, and Japanese deerskin, 9 7/8 x 11 13/16 x 13 7/8 in. Collection of Museo Stibbert.]

Exhibition: World Heritage Sites in Japan / Milwaukee, WI

11/01/2016 - 11/30/2016

 The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan the photographs of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to be exhibited at the International Institute of Wisconsin and its annual Holiday Folk Fair International (November 18-20). For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans, please click here.

The exhibition is on view from November 1 though November 30 at the International Institute of Wisconsin,1110 North Old Third Street, Suite 420, Milwaukee WI.

[Image: © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

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